Upminster Cricket Club update

We have received an update from Upminster Cricket Club on their plans for 2021. Further information can also be found on their website – www.upminstercricketclub.com/news  .

After a frustrating and uncertain winter, Upminster Cricket Club will return to action in mid April. The club have not taken part in any cricket activity since the end of October, when restrictions meant the club had to halt it’s junior indoor coaching programme for 200 local boys and girls, and all indoor competitions were abandoned for the winter.

In order to try and keep members and friends engaged over the last three months the club has organised the “Windmill Walk” walking challenge, which encouraged participants to try and walk one million steps each between January 1st and the first league game of the 2021 season on 8th May. The club hope this means it’s playing members will be fit and raring to go when the summer begins!

With the ECB having given clearance in the last few days for cricket to resume from the start of April, the club’s junior players will be back training during the Easter holidays and adult games will begin on 10 April when the 1st and 2nd XIs make the short trip to Brentwood. The first competitive game at Upminster Park will take place on 24 April when the 1st XI take on Gidea Park and Romford in the League Cup. After that, a busy season of cricket will follow with six adult Saturday teams taking part in the Hamro Foundation Essex League and the Ladies XI taking part in the Women’s National Cup for the first time. As well as this the club’s popular intra-club T20 competitions for men and ladies, the Windmill Whack, will take place on Sundays throughout the summer. We urge all members of the Upminster and Cranham community to stop and watch some of the action if you are using the park during the next few months.

Junior cricket is a hugely important part of the club and already over 200 local boys and girls have registered as members for 2021. They will be part of a programme which will see over 400 hours of coaching delivered across the summer and more than 150 games take place against other clubs from Essex and East London.

The last 12 months have been an uncertain and worrying time for all sports clubs in the area, but Upminster Cricket Club is looking forward with confidence and optimism to the summer ahead. If you need any other information then please let me know.

Thanks for your help and support and thank you for all you have continued to do for the community during these troubling times.

Kind Regards,

Paul Middlemiss
Upminster Cricket Club


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